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Updated 2/9/16
Copyright 2016

Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.


Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


A lot of good birds are found in wastewater processing pools. This one is was in Sanibel Island. The pond was filled with fish, so there were lots of Anhinga, Cormorants, Wood Storks, Great Blue, Little Blue, and Tricolored Herons. Of course there were Alligators too.

A Limpkin, only found in Florida in the USA. Going across the state during a rainstorm we saw two along the drainage ditches.

There seem to be less and less Reddish Egrets around. It may have something to do with water levels. They prefer shallow edges and with all the rain lately many of the shallow edges are gone.

I know, it’s certainly not Pelham Bay Park but I just don’t have any new shots to post. Here’s a Roseate Spoonbill I shot on Merritt Island in Florida

Escape from New York

    One nice thing about being mostly retired, is the the option of escaping the cold and nasty weather of a New York winter. This year we spent more than two weeks in Florida, birding both the east and west coast and the Everglades. Although I’ve seen and photographed Florida bird species many times, I still love being able to walk almost anywhere and seeing wading birds. Being outside most of the day in the warm sun happens to be wonderful too.

    Saturday Brendan and I took a stroll through Hunter Island. There were lots of the usual winter birds, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and the like. Interestingly, the ducks that were near Hunter Island a few weeks ago are almost all gone. We saw two two Scaup, instead of the 2000 we saw last year. There were a few Red-breasted Mergansers and Bufflehead but not much else.

This Wood Stork caught a fish and flew in my direction. When he saw me he turned back again.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

Birding Advocacy

Save Forests and Save Birds

Ancient Boreal forests are being cut down for

Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels and Catalogs!


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Upcoming Walk

Owl Prowl at Bartow-Pell Mansion

Sunday, February 21, 2016

We will search owl haunts around the mansion but also be on the lookout for winter passerines and waterfowl. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 AM. Link for more info.

Purple Gallinule in the Everglades.


There’s always a gator to see in the swampy areas. After a while we didn’t bother to take an extra step to see them.

Link to see more Florida Birds